What Is It About Pet Therapy that Works?

By Pat Matuszak The counselor asked a subtle question now and then, consciously including each person in the group and giving them permission to share thoughts about their goals and difficulties. The atmosphere was remarkably relaxed considering the emotionally charged topics and each patient’s complex situation. One of the reasons for the calm was a…

Mental Health: Aftermath of a Hurricane

Each year, millions of people around the globe experience the trauma and devastation of a natural disaster. Since 2000, the five deadliest hurricanes in the U.S. have inflicted $209 billion in damages, destroying more than a million homes and killing 2,059 people.1 It is estimated that Hurricane Harvey, which devastated 50 counties in and around…

The Stigma of Mental Illness

Being socially connected is usually a good thing. Building a network of supportive friends and family can help us sort through life’s complicated issues. But could our web of relationships become a tangle that holds us back instead of helping us move ahead? Can the expectations of others keep us from making healthy choices? Studies…

Common Problems

In the field of mental health treatment, there are a number of topics that are addressed regularly by professionals but are new terminology to the individuals who suffer from them. Family and friends are also often at a loss to comprehend what is happening to their loved one. This glossary of common mental health issues…